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About the Author

Neal Asher is a science fiction writer whose work has been nominated for both the Philip K. Dick and the British Fantasy Society awards. He has published more than fifteen books, many set within his “Polity” universe, including Gridlinked, The Skinner, and Prador Moon. He divides his time between Essex and a home in Crete.
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  • Series: The Owner (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (May 13, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597804932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597804936
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bugger! Another three-star effort from Asher when I was hoping for a return to the sophisticated, engaging style we've seen from him in the past.

"The Jupiter War" is the concluding trilogy to Asher's 'Owner' novels, and it picks up immediately where "Zero Point" left off, so it is worthwhile re-reading that novel - or the last few chapters at least - if you cannot recall those prior events.

Unlike some other reviewers, I did not find this a "masterpiece by a SF master" or a "Brilliant conclusion to this segment of the Owner series". I found it mostly dull, to be honest. And in many places I found sentences written in a more complicated fashion than they needed to be, meaning I was unravelling grammar rather than remaining immersed in the story.

In terms of characters, "The Jupiter War" felt very much like "The Departure" in the way most of the cast had single attributes driving them, and often unpersuasive ones at that.

Serene Galahad, for example, is not even written as a caricature of an evil dictator. She never gets to those lofty heights, but remains an infantile tyrant of such capricious and puerile desires that I just could not take her seriously. Her sole motivation seems to be restoring the Earth to its natural state and in that regard people are a significant part of an environmental loading problem. She's already sorted this out in "Zero Point", but her obsession with the Gene Bank - which Alan Saul has possession of - seems such a single dimensional solution to the problem that it is hard to fathom. And really, it seems that the bulk of the Gene Bank is digitized, so she could have just asked Saul for a copy and he probably would have given it to her! For Supreme Ruler of the Whole World, Galahad is not much of a problem solver...
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For fans of fast-paced space opera science fiction, Neal Asher's "The Owner" trilogy may be a decent, recently published, example. However, I wasn't sufficiently engaged with either the hero, part-human, part-machine, Alan Saul, or the villain, the ruthless dictator Serene Galahad, the tyrannical despot of Earth. This was for me a literary equivalent of eating a hors d'oeuvre, written by a writer replete with all too routine plotting and prose that pales in comparison with the late Iain M. Banks, whose "Culture" space opera novels will be remembered as a major literary achievement in speculative fiction. If you are a discerning reader interested in reading space opera science fiction novels as high literary art, then I highly recommend Banks' "Culture" novels, Dan Simmons' "Hyperion Cantos", and Alastair Reynolds' "Revelation Space", and forget about this novel and the rest in Asher's "The Owner" trilogy.
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I've been a fan of Neal Asher's writing for a while now, the Polity novels were all excellent reads. This latest Owner series took a little while for me to get into as they had a different feel to them, less immediate and visceral than his earlier novels. Once I got into them though I was hooked and that remains the case with this latest and final book in the trilogy - although the ending leaves the storyline open for more books and I hope that will be the case.

For me the great thing about science-fiction is when it tackles big question, at the core of Jupiter War (and the preceeding novels) is trans-humanism, or more specifically the consequences of melding humans with technology. Alan Saul is an interesting character as he balances his once human self with the practicalities of being an AI and integrated not only with his ship but the robots within. We also see the beginnings of others taking similar steps, although I would have liked to have seen a bit more done with these characters, especially the comlife operatives.

This is all set against a dystopian background where the leader of Earth considers humanity a pestilence upon the Earth and uses extreme measures to restore nature to a dying Earth. Despite the advanced technology life for most is a dismal affair and this contrasts with the microcosm of humanity on Saul's ship.

Space battles are also a fun part of many science fiction tales and here we have not only an entertaining battle, but also a well thought out one. The considerations in the engagement provided a few interesting insights, not only for the technology involved but the tactics needed to utilise them.

What we have here is a damn fine science fiction read, it's fast paced and provides a satisfactory conclusion to the trilogy. Although as I said at the beginning the ending did leave me wanting more and I hope that will be the case.
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Neal used to have so many thought provoking passages to savor but now, since this trilogy began, it's like a retread without caring. Hope his future stuff gets back on track with the imaginative wonder of The Skinner and Cowl.
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Neal Asher’s latest ‘Owner novel’ series Jupiter War continues the fine dialogue I expect from one of my favourite authors.
I have read some criticism of his treatment of the ‘baddies’ and their single-minded pursuit of the hero Alan Saul but it is fair to say I am still not sure if Alan is actually a hero or a demigod out to trash our universe just to pursue his own agenda. And that is what makes Neal Asher so readable for me. Good (hero) is a nebulous mix that changes with each turn of the page and this unpredictable nature of his heroes is what makes it so readable. The baddies though are just that. Despicable with no redeeming features and hell bent on Universal destruction. I like. Give me another book soon please Mr Asher or I will have to go and write myself another book to fill in my time. Peter Eerden
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